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A Miraculous Life

Today is my grandmother’s birthday. She’s 85.

Her story is worth telling because it’s far from ordinary. She was raised in Lebanon and later married in Israel.  My grandparents had six kids, all of whom were born in Nazareth.

 They wanted their children to prosper in the States. So, with just $200, the family settled in Flint, MI.

Despite a lack of finances, they pushed their kids to attend college, insisting dreams start there.

Today, their now-grown children run companies spanning the globe, providing a better life for both our own family, and for thousands of other families through employment and innovation.

Of course, success goes beyond financial security. With six kids, 17 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren— all of whom live within driving distance to her front doorour grandmother believes family is the source of all riches. As heard in the video below,  she insists we rise early, work hard and love harder.

My grandmother often credits her unwavering Catholic faith as a means of lifelong strength— telling me, “I did not do this alone. God helped me.”

Make no mistake, though. She didn’t wait for God to deliver a miracle. Instead, she rises each day, determined to use her God-given abilities to produce a miraculous life. Hear her story…


Special thanks to A.R.E productions for the videography. 

  • Michelle Nasrine Kemp

    Happy Birthday Aunt Marie! I miss you! Love you, Michelle

  • Kay Kitcher Adams

    Marie, Happy Birthday! I think of you often and hope I still have a space in your heart. You have always been such a beautiful woman and I am glad to see your happy-smiling face and hear your sweet voice.

  • Nikita

    Such a beautiful article and video, truly inspirational. Your grandma seems to be a lovely & strong woman.

  • meegan

    Your Tata is so inspiring!

    I’d love to know how she didn’t let fear get in her way when she only had $200 and didn’t know what the future holds. I get fearful and I’d love to know what stopped her and propelled your family to success.

    So happy to see that it looks like she has a wonderful life now.

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